Emmy-Winning Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68 Of Cancer

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By Associated Press
January 21, 2022

Louie Anderson died astatine a infirmary successful Las Vegas of complications from cancer, said Glenn Schwartz, his longtime publicist.

Louie Anderson, whose four-decade vocation arsenic a comedian and histrion included his unlikely, Emmy-winning show arsenic ma to duplicate big sons successful the TV bid "Baskets," died Friday. He was 68.

Anderson died astatine a infirmary successful Las Vegas of complications from cancer, said Glenn Schwartz, his longtime publicist. Anderson had a benignant of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Schwartz said previously.

The portly, round-faced Anderson utilized his girth and a checkered puerility successful Saint Paul, Minnesota, arsenic fodder for his aboriginal stand-up routines.

In aboriginal years, his beingness arsenic 1 of 11 children successful a household headed by a troubled begetter and devoted parent became a root of reflection and inspiration for Anderson, some successful his surface enactment and successful his best-selling books.

In 2016, helium won a champion supporting histrion Emmy for his portrayal of Christine Baskets, parent to twins played by Zach Galifianakis, successful the FX bid "Baskets." Anderson, who received 3 consecutive Emmy nods for the role, credited his ma with elements of the character.

He was a acquainted look elsewhere connected TV, including arsenic big of a revival of the crippled amusement "Family Feud" from 1999 to 2002, and connected drama specials and successful predominant late-night speech amusement appearances.

Anderson voiced an animated mentation of himself arsenic a kid successful "Life With Louie." He created the cartoon series, which archetypal aired successful premier clip successful precocious 1994 earlier moving to Saturday greeting for its 1995-98 run. Anderson won 2 Daytime Emmy Awards for the role.

Attention comedians and @TheComedyStore alumni’s I accidental this with a dense bosom conscionable near the infirmary successful Las Vegas wherever Louie Anderson his sisters and adjacent person were benignant capable to fto maine accidental my goodbyes he’s inactive with america but support him successful your prayers

— Pauly Shore (@PaulyShore) January 20, 2022

He made impermanent appearances successful respective TV series, including "Scrubs" and "Touched by an Angel," and was connected the large surface successful 1988's "Coming to America" and successful past year's sequel to the Eddie Murphy comedy. Anderson besides toured regularly with his stand-up act.

Anderson's aboriginal jobs included counseling troubled children. He changed people aft winning a 1981 Midwest drama competition, wherever helium was spotted by seasoned comic Henny Youngman, who was the contest's host, according to Schwartz.

Anderson worked arsenic a writer for Youngman and past gained onstage acquisition portion crisscrossing the United States. His large interruption came successful 1984 erstwhile Johnny Carson, known for showcasing rising comedians connected "The Tonight Show," brought him connected to perform.

Louie Anderson : Your generosity of tone volition screen the satellite from supra .. we are truthful fortunate you were connected world for a infinitesimal , spreading your wit each implicit similar bars of surviving golden .. Good Bye

— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) January 21, 2022

His books included "Dear Dad – Letters From An Adult Child, " a postulation of letters from Anderson to his precocious father; "Good-bye Jumbo… Hello Cruel World," a self-help book, and "The F Word, How To Survive Your Family." His publication "Hey Mom," published successful 2018, was a tribute to the contented imparted by his parent and a how-to tips connected facing life's challenges. 

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.